1861. London: Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand, MDCCCXL-MDCCCXLI (1840-41).
Three vols. bound in two, large 8vo., iv, -306; -228; vi, 229-306; vi, -426 pp., 196 woodcut engravings including textual, frontispieces and initials. Contemporary half-calf, marbled boards, backstrip with gilt rules and black morocco title strips, all edges marbled. Boards edges are rubbed, scattered foxing, light-blue stains on pp. 218-220 of volume one, otherwise very good.
§ First edition thus. After completion of the periodical the whole was bound in a three volume set, seen here in a contemporary rebinding. Master Humphrey’s Clock was an ambitious experiment published by Dickens himself, originally conceived to encompass more diverse content rather than the usual serial stories. Due to a drop off in circulation that original project was abandoned and a serial was begun at the fourth number under the title of The Old Curiosity Shop. Podeschi A51. Eckel 61-65. Hatton and Cleaver 163-182. Item #108350